The BBC has a nice 15-minute program on the complex relationship between London and Parisian fashion. You can hear the whole episode here.
From the BBC: What Leads A Man To Wear A Hat Today?
This is one of my favorite clips from the BBC’s documentary on Savile Row (which, if you haven’t already seen, you must watch immediately).
Styleforum member radicaldog also has an interesting project going for a custom travel jacket. The thread he started for it is a fun read.
Old School Technical Sportswear I.
Colonel John Blashford-Snell gets his bespoke “Explorers Suit” altered at Norton & Sons before he sets out up the Amazon to search for a meteorite.
"Shoppin’ for Clothes" by The Coasters
This Leiber & Stoller tune was written in the mid-1950s after Billy Guy from The Coasters heard "Clothes Line" by Boogaloo and His Gallent Crew on the radio, but couldn’t find it in the stores. I actually like the original version better, but The Coasters version is more popular. The BBC also had a short little skit with the song, which you can see here.
Last night I watched the BBC documentary “The Perfect Suit.” It’s a breezy history of the men’s lounge suit. I particularly enjoyed the segment with Eric Musgrave, author of “Sharp Suits,” which details the history of the lounge suit. The designers selected were very interesting as well - Antony Price, who helped define the suiting aesthetic of the 1980s, and Paul Smith, who speaks with passion about finding ways to make a uniform special on a mass-market scale. It’s also chock-full of charming archival footage. The special paints with very broad strokes, and there isn’t a lot of insight in it, but it does get everything pretty much right.
I only wish I could muster 1/10th of the host’s wide-eyed naif credulity. I get it: he is baffled and confounded by suits. You can find his brief article about the suit here.